2021 YEAR 10 STUDENT ASSESSMENT HANDBOOK - INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS ON ASSESSMENTS, APPEALS AND HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR ROSA - ET AUSTRALIA

 
2021 YEAR 10 STUDENT ASSESSMENT HANDBOOK - INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS ON ASSESSMENTS, APPEALS AND HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR ROSA - ET AUSTRALIA
2021
Year 10
Student Assessment
Handbook
   Information for students on assessments,
     appeals and how to obtain your RoSA.

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WELCOME TO YEAR 10!

This handbook aims to set out in detail, the requirements for students in Year 10 in
preparation for the achievement of the NSW Record of School Achievement (RoSA). It also
aims to provide parents/carers with information about the studies, assessment
requirements/policies and general issues for Year 10 at ET Australia Secondary College.

To qualify for a Record of School Achievement (RoSA), you must complete the correct
combination of courses as described by NESA (English, Mathematics, Science, HSIE and
PDHPE) in Year 10. Unless you are on a special program you will automatically have the
correct combination of courses.

Grades are determined for each student in Year 10 and sent to NESA Schools Online to
become a part of the student’s academic record. These grades are used for the Record of
School Achievement (RoSA) which can be issued to the student.

This handbook will help you achieve your very best grades according to the NESA standards.
The grade descriptions of all NESA courses are common for all students across New South
Wales. All students in NSW are graded according to the same set of standards. It is in your
best interest to follow your teacher’s instructions carefully to work towards the best grade
possible.

While all of the work you complete helps build a picture of the grade most appropriate for
you, the assessment tasks in each course are key opportunities for teachers to look at your
academic performance and assess your work.

Your teachers will set assessment tasks that allow you to extend yourself and show the
extent of your subject content knowledge, skills and abilities. It is important, therefore, to
try as hard as you can and achieve the outcomes of each course to the best of your ability
and within set due dates.

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Record of School Achievement (RoSA) – what you need to know!

The Record of School Achievement (RoSA) provides a record of student achievement in Year
10 and issued to students at the point of school that they leave at but before completing the
Higher School Certificate (HSC).

The RoSA is only awarded to those students who nominate to leave mainstream secondary
education to continue their education in other educational institutions (TAFE), to enter full
time employment or to undertake a traineeship or apprenticeship.

A student’s RoSA can only be issued when they leave school. When a student completes
Year 10 and begins the HSC Preliminary Course, their last set of grades becomes their RoSA
marks.

If a student changes schools to complete Stage 6 elsewhere, it is the responsibility of the
student’s current school to request a RoSA to be issued if the student leaves before the
completion of the Higher School Certificate (HSC).

If you have any questions regarding the RoSA please contact the Curriculum Coordinator.

Non-completion of Assessments

Failure to complete an assessment task in any of the mandatory courses offered will result
in an 'N determination' awarded to the student for that subject. Once an 'N determination'
is awarded the student is no longer eligible to achieve the RoSA in that calendar year. Before
an ‘N determination’ is awarded, warning letters will be sent to parents/caregivers advising
their child is at risk of receiving an ‘N determination’.

Subject Requirements for the Record of School Achievement

At the end of Year 10 the Record of School Achievement (RoSA) will list all mandatory and
any additional Stage 5 courses together with the grade achieved. The formal RoSA
credential is only available to students who formally leave school; however, all Year 10
students will be able to access and print a transcript of their results through their NESA
student portal. The RoSA is a cumulative credential providing grades for courses completed
in Stage 5 (Year 10) and/ or Preliminary (Year 11).

Only students who satisfy the eligibility requirements for RoSA will receive the formal
credential, however; those who are not eligible will be able to receive a Transcript of Study
from the school at the time of their departure. The RoSA will only be issued when an eligible
student leaves school.

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Eligibility – what you need to do!

To be eligible for the Record of School Achievement (RoSA) at ET Australia Secondary
College, students must:
    • complete courses of study that satisfy the Board of Studies curriculum (at least 50%
       of all classwork) and every assessment tasks requirement for the RoSA.
    • complete Year 10.
    • satisfy the Board of Studies and College attendance, conduct and effort
       requirements.
    • maintain a minimum of 85 per cent attendance and complete every assessment task.
    • attend until the final day of Year 10.

Satisfactorily complete in Years 7 and 8:

   •   The core English course.
   •   The core Mathematics course.
   •   The core Science course.
   •   The core Australian History/Geography course from the Human Society and it’s
       Environment (HSIE) Key Learning Area – this includes Civics and Citizenship.
   •   The core PDHPE course.
   •   Languages – 100 continuous hours of a language.
   •   Mandatory Creative Arts.
   •   Mandatory Technology.

Satisfactorily complete in Years 9 and 10:

   •   The core English course.
   •   The core Mathematics course (5.1, 5.2, 5.3).
   •   The core Science course.
   •   The core Australian History/Geography course from the Human Society and its
       Environment (HSIE) Key Learning Area – this includes Civics and Citizenship.
   •   The core PDHPE course.

Attitude and Effort

While attitude and effort do not contribute towards a student's final grade as reported on
the NESA ARC website, they will appear on the College Semester reports. In addition, lack of
effort and poor attitude can cause an ‘N determination’ award, rather than a grade of A to E
to be allocated to a student.

An ‘N determination’ award can be awarded to any student(s) in any subject who fails to
meet the criteria in one or more of the following areas:

   •   attendance,
   •   participation,
   •   effort and achievement,
   •   reaching at least some of the course goals.

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Grading – how you get your marks!

School-based grades for Year 10 are awarded using information from a student’s
performance in assessment tasks that comprise the school’s formal assessment program.
These tasks are devised to address the knowledge and skills objectives and outcomes of the
individual syllabuses.

The NESA provides the Grade Descriptions for each NESA Subject. These descriptions are
known as the course performance descriptors. They provide a set of performance standards
that describe various levels of achievement in the courses. By working in each of your
courses, you will achieve a variety of course outcomes in which you show what you know
and what you can do. Your performance is measured against the course performance
descriptors to describe how well you are achieving these outcomes.

A student’s performance across all tasks is aligned with specific Course Performance
Descriptors published in the Board of studies KLA Syllabus documents for each course. The
descriptors will indicate the student's achievement relative to the particular knowledge and
skill outcomes of the course. There is no fixed number for each grade that must be awarded
in the school.

To achieve well during Stage 5, students must work consistently and conscientiously
throughout the two years.

The common grade scale applies to English, Science, History, Geography and PDHPE.
Students are awarded a grade between A and E.

The specific course performance descriptors are based on a set of general descriptors which
are given below. The course performance descriptors build upon these general descriptors
adding specific details about the knowledge and skills relevant to the course.

Mathematics grades have been further differentiated to nine levels as follows: A10, A9, B8,
B7, C6, C5, D4, D3, E2. Marks are applied to this scale while considering the mathematics
course students studied.

When applying grades, teachers use the examples provided on the ARC website to ensure
there is a consistent approach to the application of grades. Teachers are also encouraged to
moderate student marks with other members of the teaching facility at the school.

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Implementation of grades – what you need to aim for!

The NESA Assessment Resources Centre (ARC) website (https://arc.nesa.nsw.edu.au)
advises that there are two ways schools can apply the course performance descriptors when
awarding RoSA Grades to students who have successfully completed Year 10.

ETASC has adopted Method 2 – allocating marks to specific tasks to form a combined total
mark for each student. A numeric value is assigned to the common grade scale, and your
teachers ensure student achievement is consistent with the grade descriptor views the
overall marks.

Common Grade – Numeric Value

The following table shows the common grade applied to a numeric value which ETASC uses
for awarding RoSA grades in Stage 5 English, Science, History, Geography and PDHPE.

Please note the awarding of grades in Mathematics uses an alternative grade scale stated
below.

  Grade                              Grade Descriptor                              Numeric
                                                                                    Value
    A       The student has an extensive knowledge and understanding of            85 - 100
            the content and can readily apply this knowledge. In addition, the
            student has achieved a very high level of competence in the
            processes and skills and can apply these skills to new situations.
    B       The student has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the          70 – 84
            content and a high level of competence in the processes and
            skills. In addition, the student is able to apply this knowledge and
            these skills to most situations.
    C       The student has a sound knowledge and understanding of the             50 – 69
            main areas of content and has achieved an adequate level of
            competence in the processes and skills
    D       The student has a basic knowledge and understanding of the             30 – 49
            content and has achieved a limited level of competence in the
            processes and skills.
     E      The student has an elementary knowledge and understanding in            0 - 29
            few areas of the content and has achieved very limited
            competence in some of the processes and skills.

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Common Grade – Numeric Value: Year 10 Mathematics

The following table shows the common grade applied to a numeric value which ETASC uses
for awarding RoSA grades in Year 10 Mathematics.

Mathematics 5.3 course

  Grade                            Grade Descriptor                             Numeric
                                                                                 Value
   A10     A student performing at this grade uses and interprets formal        85 - 100
           definitions and generalisations when explaining solutions;
           generalises mathematical ideas and techniques and selects and
           uses efficient strategies consistently and accurately to solve
           unfamiliar multi-step problems; uses deductive reasoning in
           presenting clear and concise mathematical arguments and formal
           proofs; synthesises mathematical techniques, results and ideas
           across the course.

           A student at this grade typically:
           • uses graphical techniques and a variety of analytical methods
               to solve problems involving quadratic equations and
               simultaneous equations; manipulates algebraic expressions
               and equations with consideration given to restrictions on the
               values of variables
           • solves problems involving surface area and volume of right
               pyramids, right cones, spheres, and related composite solids,
               and applies similarity relationships for area and volume;
               applies deductive reasoning to prove properties of isosceles
               and equilateral triangles, and special quadrilaterals
           • uses and interprets the mean and standard deviation to make
               comparisons between data sets; critically evaluates the
               processes of planning, collecting, analysing and reporting
               studies in the media and elsewhere.
    A9     A student performing at this grade uses formal definitions and       70 – 84
           generalisations when explaining solutions; generalises
           mathematical ideas and techniques and selects and uses efficient
           strategies to solve unfamiliar multi-step problems; uses deductive
           reasoning in presenting mathematical arguments and formal
           proofs.

           A student at this grade typically:
           • performs operations with surds and indices in numerical and
               algebraic contexts; analyses and describes graphs of physical
               phenomena; uses analytical methods to solve complex linear,
               quadratic, simple cubic, and simultaneous equations,
               including simultaneous equations where one equation is non-
               linear
           • uses trigonometry to solve practical problems involving non-
               right-angled triangles; constructs geometrical arguments and
               formal proofs of geometrical relationships

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•   uses the mean and standard deviation to make comparisons
               between data sets; evaluates the use of data to inform
               decision-making processes.
    B8     A student performing at this grade uses formal definitions when        50 – 69
           explaining solutions; selects and uses efficient strategies to solve
           familiar and some unfamiliar multi-step problems; uses some
           deductive reasoning in presenting mathematical arguments; may
           require some guidance to determine the most efficient methods.

           A student at this grade typically:
           • applies special products to expand binomial products and
               factorises a variety of quadratic expressions; draws and
               interprets a variety of graphs, and applies coordinate
               geometry techniques to solve problems
           • calculates the surface area and volume of right pyramids,
               right cones, spheres, and related composite solids; constructs
               geometrical arguments to prove a general geometrical result,
               giving reasons
           • calculates and uses standard deviation to analyse data;
               interprets the relationship between numerical variables using
               lines of best fit.
    B7     A student performing at this grade selects and uses appropriate        30 – 49
           mathematical language, notations and conventions to
           communicate mathematical ideas and solutions; systematically
           applies appropriate strategies to solve familiar multi-step
           problems; constructs appropriate mathematical arguments to
           prove and justify results; often requires guidance to determine
           the most efficient methods.

           A student at this grade typically:
           • applies the compound interest formula to solve financial
               mathematics problems, including those involving
               depreciation; solves simultaneous linear equations using an
               algebraic or graphical method; draws and interprets graphs of
               simple parabolas, circles and exponentials
           • calculates the surface area and volume of simple composite
               solids; solves trigonometry problems involving bearings,
               angles of elevation and depression, and angles measured in
               degrees and minutes
           • determines and uses quartiles and the interquartile range to
               compare sets of data; evaluates sources of data in media
               reports and elsewhere; evaluates conditional statements in
               chance situations.
    C6     A student performing at this grade uses appropriate                    0 - 29
           mathematical language, notations and diagrams to communicate
           mathematical ideas and solutions; applies appropriate strategies
           to solve familiar multi-step problems; constructs some
           appropriate mathematical arguments to obtain and justify results.

           A student at this grade typically:

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•   expands and factorises simple algebraic expressions and
               simplifies algebraic expressions involving fractions and
               positive, negative and zero indices; solves simple quadratic
               equations
           •   uses formulae to calculate the surface area and volume of
               right prisms and cylinders; uses simple deductive reasoning in
               solving numerical problems in different geometrical contexts,
               and applies tests for proving that triangles are congruent
           •   determines the quartiles and interquartile range for a set of
               data; constructs and interprets displays of bivariate numerical
               data; calculates probabilities and interprets the results for
               multi-step chance experiments.

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Mathematics 5.2 course

  Grade                             Grade Descriptor                              Numeric
                                                                                   Value
    B8     A student performing at this grade uses formal definitions when        85 - 100
           explaining solutions; selects and uses efficient strategies to solve
           familiar and some unfamiliar multi-step problems; uses some
           deductive reasoning in presenting mathematical arguments; may
           require some guidance to determine the most efficient methods.

           A student at this grade typically:
           • applies special products to expand binomial products and
               factorises a variety of quadratic expressions; draws and
               interprets a variety of graphs, and applies coordinate
               geometry techniques to solve problems
           • calculates the surface area and volume of right pyramids,
               right cones, spheres, and related composite solids; constructs
               geometrical arguments to prove a general geometrical result,
               giving reasons
           • calculates and uses standard deviation to analyse data;
               interprets the relationship between numerical variables using
               lines of best fit.
    B7     A student performing at this grade selects and uses appropriate        70 – 84
           mathematical language, notations and conventions to
           communicate mathematical ideas and solutions; systematically
           applies appropriate strategies to solve familiar multi-step
           problems; constructs appropriate mathematical arguments to
           prove and justify results; often requires guidance to determine
           the most efficient methods.

           A student at this grade typically:
           • applies the compound interest formula to solve financial
               mathematics problems, including those involving
               depreciation; solves simultaneous linear equations using an
               algebraic or graphical method; draws and interprets graphs of
               simple parabolas, circles and exponentials
           • calculates the surface area and volume of simple composite
               solids; solves trigonometry problems involving bearings,
               angles of elevation and depression, and angles measured in
               degrees and minutes
           • determines and uses quartiles and the interquartile range to
               compare sets of data; evaluates sources of data in media
               reports and elsewhere; evaluates conditional statements in
               chance situations.
    C6     A student performing at this grade uses appropriate                    50 – 69
           mathematical language, notations and diagrams to communicate
           mathematical ideas and solutions; applies appropriate strategies
           to solve familiar multi-step problems; constructs some
           appropriate mathematical arguments to obtain and justify results.

           A student at this grade typically:

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•   expands and factorises simple algebraic expressions and
               simplifies algebraic expressions involving fractions and
               positive, negative and zero indices; solves simple quadratic
               equations
           • uses formulae to calculate the surface area and volume of
               right prisms and cylinders; uses simple deductive reasoning in
               solving numerical problems in different geometrical contexts,
               and applies tests for proving that triangles are congruent
           • determines the quartiles and interquartile range for a set of
               data; constructs and interprets displays of bivariate numerical
               data; calculates probabilities and interprets the results for
               multi-step chance experiments.
    C5     A student performing at this grade uses mathematical language,        30 – 49
           notations and diagrams to communicate mathematical ideas;
           applies appropriate strategies, often with the assistance of given
           diagrams and formulae, to solve simple familiar problems;
           constructs some mathematical arguments to obtain results.

           A student at this grade typically:
           • uses conversion graphs to convert from one unit to another
               and given graphs to solve simple linear simultaneous
               equations; finds and graphs the equations of straight lines
               given the gradient and y-intercept
           • solves simple word problems in trigonometry; applies results
               related to the angle sum for polygons to solve simple
               numerical problems
           • identifies simple relationships between two statistical
               variables; calculates probabilities for multi-step chance
               experiments.
    D4     A student performing at this grade uses appropriate                   0 - 29
           mathematical terminology, diagrams and symbols in
           mathematical contexts; selects and uses appropriate standard
           strategies to solve simple familiar problems; provides some
           reasoning to support conclusions that are appropriate to the
           context.

           A student at this grade typically:
           • graphs simple linear and non-linear relationships by
               constructing a table of values; uses diagrams to solve simple
               coordinate geometry problems
           • finds the area of simple composite figures; given diagrams,
               uses trigonometry to find sides and angles in right-angled
               triangles
           • interprets back-to-back stem-and-leaf plots, and statistical
               claims made in the media; calculates relative frequencies to
               estimate probabilities of simple and compound events.

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Mathematics 5.1 course

  Grade                             Grade Descriptor                             Numeric
                                                                                  Value
    C6     A student performing at this grade uses appropriate                   85 - 100
           mathematical language, notations and diagrams to communicate
           mathematical ideas and solutions; applies appropriate strategies
           to solve familiar multi-step problems; constructs some
           appropriate mathematical arguments to obtain and justify results.

           A student at this grade typically:
           • expands and factorises simple algebraic expressions and
               simplifies algebraic expressions involving fractions and
               positive, negative and zero indices; solves simple quadratic
               equations
           • uses formulae to calculate the surface area and volume of
               right prisms and cylinders; uses simple deductive reasoning in
               solving numerical problems in different geometrical contexts,
               and applies tests for proving that triangles are congruent
           • determines the quartiles and interquartile range for a set of
               data; constructs and interprets displays of bivariate numerical
               data; calculates probabilities and interprets the results for
               multi-step chance experiments.
    C5     A student performing at this grade uses mathematical language,        70 – 84
           notations and diagrams to communicate mathematical ideas;
           applies appropriate strategies, often with the assistance of given
           diagrams and formulae, to solve simple familiar problems;
           constructs some mathematical arguments to obtain results.

           A student at this grade typically:
           • uses conversion graphs to convert from one unit to another
               and given graphs to solve simple linear simultaneous
               equations; finds and graphs the equations of straight lines
               given the gradient and y-intercept
           • solves simple word problems in trigonometry; applies results
               related to the angle sum for polygons to solve simple
               numerical problems
           • identifies simple relationships between two statistical
               variables; calculates probabilities for multi-step chance
               experiments.
    D4     A student performing at this grade uses appropriate                   50 – 69
           mathematical terminology, diagrams and symbols in
           mathematical contexts; selects and uses appropriate standard
           strategies to solve simple familiar problems; provides some
           reasoning to support conclusions that are appropriate to the
           context.

           A student at this grade typically:
           • graphs simple linear and non-linear relationships by
               constructing a table of values; uses diagrams to solve simple
               coordinate geometry problems

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•   finds the area of simple composite figures; given diagrams,
                uses trigonometry to find sides and angles in right-angled
                triangles
            • interprets back-to-back stem-and-leaf plots, and statistical
                claims made in the media; calculates relative frequencies to
                estimate probabilities of simple and compound events.
    D3      A student performing at this grade uses mathematical                   30 – 49
            terminology, diagrams and symbols in mathematical contexts;
            uses appropriate standard strategies to solve simple familiar
            problems; provides some reasoning to support conclusions.

            A student at this grade typically:
            • solves simple financial mathematics problems involving
                earning and spending money and, given the formula,
                calculates simple interest; completes a table of values to
                graph simple linear relationships
            • expresses trigonometric ratios for angles in right-angled
                triangles in terms of an unknown side; uses the scale factor to
                find unknown sides in similar triangles
            • calculates the mean, median and range to compare two sets
                of numerical data; uses data from Venn diagrams and two-
                way tables to calculate simple probabilities.
    E2      A student performing at this grade uses some mathematical               0 - 29
            terminology in mathematical contexts; uses, with guidance,
            standard strategies to solve simple familiar problems; provides
            some reasoning in identifying a simple mathematical relationship.

            A student at this grade typically:
            • solves simple financial mathematics problems involving
                earning money; simplifies simple algebraic expressions
                involving positive integral indices
            • uses given diagrams and formulae to solve simple problems
                involving area and surface area; uses a calculator to find
                approximations of trigonometric ratios of given angles
                measured in degrees; constructs simple scale drawings
            • determines the mean and range for a set of data.

It is the Curriculum Coordinator or delegate’s responsibility to confirm student RoSA marks
with KLA teachers before entering the details into the NESA Schools Online website before
the closing date which is published by NESA at the beginning of each school year.

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Assessments – what you need to complete!

During Year 10, students will be given a variety of assessment tasks across all mandatory
KLAs that assess content knowledge, skills and abilities.

General Rules

With each assessment tasks, you should expect that the outline will correlate with each KLA
unit outcomes and consist of the following:

•   Explicit and clear information regarding assessment criteria.
•   Explicit and clear aims and outcomes for each task.
•   A variety of assessment strategies used to assess student achievement of outcomes.
•   Unit outcomes involving skills, knowledge and understandings should be assessed.
•   Marking criteria and marking rubric that shows the allocation of marks and how to
    achieve that a grade.
•   Due date and length of assessment task.
•   Policy and plagiarism declaration sections.
•   Assessment and feedback to students should occur throughout each unit.

Procedures for Assessments – how it all works!

1. Teachers will assess student performance in each KLA using tasks in relation to syllabus
    outcomes to make balanced judgments about student achievement.
2. Assessment tasks are designed in accordance with the syllabus requirements and are
    designed to show student achievement towards the outcomes.
3. A range of assessment strategies as set out at on the NESA website are used to ensure
    information is being gathered regarding the knowledge and understanding of content
    taught and the skills that are being developed.
4. All tasks should be designed with the course performance descriptors as a basis and
    must allow students the scope to be able to achieve an ‘extensive’ answer.
5. Each assessment outline will include the marking criteria in which the quality of the
    assessment will be marked against.
6. Teachers will share their expectations in relation to the criteria for judging the quality of
    performance with students and go through the assessment outlines in class.
7. All assessment tasks will be completed during school lessons with appropriate
    equipment provided by the teacher.
8. Every KLA will have a serious of formal or informal assessments.
9. The assessment may include assignment work, practical tasks, research tasks, class
    presentations, performances, group work and examinations.
10. Students shall be given 4 weeks’ notice for all assessment tasks. This assessment
    handbook is shown to students at the beginning of the year and as such is also a form of
    notification of assessments.
11. Students shall receive a grade/achievement of outcomes, a mark and feedback (where
    appropriate) for each item of assessment in conjunction with the course performance
    descriptors as per the NESA ARC website.

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12. Parents of students who fail to complete assessment items shall be notified in writing
    using the relevant ‘N Determination Award’ warning letter process.
13. If a student requires an extension of time for an assessment task they must supply a
    letter of request from their parent/guardian at least one week prior to the due date of
    the task to the Curriculum Coordinator and an extension time will be negotiated.
14. If a student request exceptional circumstances such as Illness and misadventure which
    results on the student not being able to complete course requirements a formal
    “Misadventure Form’ must be obtained from and submitted to the Curriculum
    Coordinator accompanied by a letter from the parent/guardian.
15. Failure to submit an assessment task on the due date – please refer to Late Submission
    of Task on page 15.
16. If a student fails to submit any assessment task, they will be awarded an 'N'
    Determination”. If a student receives an ‘N’ Determination’ in a mandatory course, they
    will not be eligible for the RoSA in that calendar year.
17. If they leave school, they will receive a Transcript of Study that will list the mandatory
    course(s) for which an ‘N’ determination was given. The words ‘Not completed’ will
    appear next to each ‘N’ determined course.

Basis of Discretion

From time to time whole school assessment policy may undergo change and review and/or
syllabuses, and teaching programs may also change and require alteration to aspects of the
above policy. In such cases, the Curriculum Coordinator will be responsible for review and
necessary alterations to the policy.

Number of Assessments

The number of formal assessments is to be determined by each KLA teacher, enabling the
teacher to include all assessment requirements as set out in the syllabus when designing a
program or unit of work. The assessment schedule for each KLA is included in this
assessment handbook.

Stage 5 Assessment Week

Unless otherwise advised, Stage 5 students will always complete their Term 2 and Term 4
assessment tasks during assessment week which is typically Week 5 of the term. Parents/
and carers should be mindful of this if they need to arrange appointments, holidays or other
activities that would see their child not at school. Please be aware that all extended
absences need to be approved by the Assistant Principal.

Late submission of a task

Late submission of assessment tasks will be penalised by a deduction of 10% per business
day late. For example, a student who receives 16 out of 20 for a task submitted three days
late would lose 30% of 20, i.e. 6 marks, and receive a mark of 10 for the task.

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All tasks must be submitted to complete the course requirements in all subjects
successfully. Failure to submit a task in the Stage 5 course will result in an 'N' Determination’
for that subject.

Absence from Assessment Task

Parents of students who are absent when a task is being held, or due to be handed in,
should contact the administration staff at the College that morning (or before if possible)
outlining reasons for the absence.

The student is to provide a written explanation of their absence, signed by their parents/
carers, to the Curriculum Coordinator on their return. Students will be expected to submit
the task when they return to school (unless other arrangements have been made). If the
task is a test, students upon their return to school will be expected to complete the test.

Malpractice during Assessment Tasks

Students who cheat, disturb other students, misbehave, produce work that is contrary to
the ethos of the College, or are guilty of any other form of malpractice during an assessment
task will be penalised. This penalty could involve a mark of zero being given for that task.
With the increase in the use of the internet as a source of information in the completion of
Assessment tasks, students must ensure that any work that they submit has been
adequately referenced. Plagiarism will be deemed as malpractice and students who
plagiarise another person's work may receive a mark of zero for that task. The penalty will
be determined by consultation between the classroom teacher, Curriculum Coordinator and
Assistant Principal.

Unsubstantial Attempt

An unsubstantial attempt is when a student submits an assessment task which shows little
or no thought and effort and is generally incomplete or contains frivolous or objectionable
material. When completing assessment tasks, all sections should be attempted to the best
of the student's ability. In written tests or examinations, completing just the multiple choice
question section is not sufficient; questions from all sections must be attempted. The use of
obscene language, derogatory remarks, obscene diagrams, non related content material is
also seen as an unsubstantial attempt.

The Curriculum Coordinator, in consultation with the KLA teacher involved, will determine if
the attempt is non-serious. Consideration will be given to the potential and ability of the
student in such determinations. Where a student is deemed to have made an unsubstantial
attempt, a mark of zero could be awarded, or an ‘N’ Determination’ warning letter could be
issued.

Submission of Task

The Assessment Task outline will detail the submission format and the due date. We
encourage all students to save all assessment work into their school email accounts, which
are set up for all students on their first day at ETASC. This will allow a student the ability to
access their work on all ICT platforms in the school.

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Exceptions to this may occur in some subjects and students will be notified of this in the
Assessment task outline. Failure to save or back up work on a computer or a printer
malfunction will not be accepted as grounds for misadventure. Students are encouraged to
make copies of their work and keep these for the duration of the course.

Assessment tasks are to be submitted during the relevant class period on the due date. If a
teacher is absent on the day an assessment task is due, students will be expected to submit
their work either by arrangement with the teacher beforehand or the Curriculum
Coordinator. Assessment tasks are not to be given to clerical staff or to relief or visiting
teachers. If a student is on an excursion on the day an assessment task is due; it is the
student’s responsibility to make arrangements for the task to be submitted on time, or prior
to the due date.

Non-Completion of Assessment Tasks

The parents/ carers of students who fail to submit assessment tasks by the due date will be
notified and a new date set for the completion of outstanding work. Failure to submit
outstanding work by this new date will result in further action, e.g. Catch up,
implementation of the ‘N’ determination procedures, or referral to the Assistant Principal.

Assessment Feedback

Students are entitled to feedback and comments for each assessment task they submit. If a
student requires further feedback, please see the classroom teacher for an appropriate time
to talk about any concerns with the assessment feedback.

REMEMBER:
   • If in doubt, ask sooner rather than later.
   • Keep track of when tasks will be due. This will help you in planning ahead and being
     organised.
   • See your teacher if you need clarification of any task or procedures for any task.
   • Always check with your teacher what worked you missed when you were away.
   • Everyone at ETASC is here to help you achieve the best you can!

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Complaints and Grievances – if you have a problem!

If a student at ET Australia Secondary College believes that they have been unfairly awarded
a grade, they are encouraged to discuss the matter with their classroom teacher.

ET Australia Secondary College (ETASC) encourages the resolution of problems by informal
means wherever possible, provided that the concerns are dealt with quickly, fully and fairly
and within clearly defined time limits.

Purpose of the Complaints and Grievances procedure:

• to encourage the resolution of complaints informally and at the lowest level where
  possible, e.g. with your classroom teacher.
• to ensure timely, full and fair handling of all complaints.
• to provide effective responses and appropriate redress/outcome.
• to manage communication issues concerning complaints, within and outside the school.

Implementation – what to do!

A complaint may be made by anyone who has a concern or complaint about any aspect of
their grade. The complaint or concern can be made verbally or in writing. Formal complaints
can only be made in writing.

Complaints made may be resolved:
• Informally - Discussion and resolution by parties involved.
• Formally - Investigation by The Principal or representative.
• Externally – Investigation by an external body.

It is stressed that the majority of complaints are to be resolved on an informal basis,
however, where upheld may proceed to the next level. A complaint made to the Principal
may be referred to the parties for informal resolution.

Time must be allowed to interview parties, examine documents and review the evidence.

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Extension Classes and Tutoring – extra help!

ETASC offers specific KLA extension classes and numeracy and literacy tutoring after school.

Literacy tutoring is offered to students who need help with literacy skills such as writing,
grammar, spelling, reading and comprehension. Numeracy tutoring is an opportunity to
review maths skills to help students engage with their classwork. These sessions are run by
Learning Enrichment teachers and are free and open to any students who wish to work on
their numeracy and literacy skills.

Extension classes are currently offered on Mathematics, Science and English. These sessions
are opportunities for students to specialise further in these KLAs looking at several HSC
topics and/ or specific extension skills such as essay writing. Students who may wish to
study and obtain their HSC are encouraged to participate in these free extension classes.

Please see your classroom teachers for the current extension and tutoring timetable.

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Study Ideas

Listed below are some ideas that may help you study and prepare well for your
examinations and assessments:
    • Look over your notes and write your own learning logs - you could ask your teacher
        to check your answers.
    • Do past tests or exams on topics that you’ve covered. Your teacher may be able to
        supply you with some past test papers on topics you are studying. Practise writing
        essay answers to the most likely questions that you think might be asked.
    • Use memory techniques such as numbered lists, mind maps, flashcards. Diagrams
        can be a helpful way of memorising information. Memorising lists of information and
        diagrams are important so that you can recall specific information in an exam.
    • Make summaries of classwork and learn the summaries. Using your own words when
        you write summaries helps you understand and remember the material.
    • Divide up your exam time to give appropriate time to each section of an exam paper
        so that you don’t run short of time and leave questions unanswered.
    • Go over any incorrect answers from class tests so that if you are asked the same type
        of question in another test, you will get it correct.
    • Do some wider reading on topics study in class to be tested to get more details and a
        bigger picture of the topic.
    • Start looking over your exercise books earlier rather than later so that you have an
        idea of the amount of work you need to learn so that you give yourself enough time
        to prepare.
    • Be certain about the assessment and ask your teacher what topics the test will
        cover.
    • Time management – create a completion timeline and stick to it.
    • Utilise tutoring opportunities– if you think you are falling behind ask for help to get
        you back on track

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Assessment Schedules – when it all has to be done by!

The following pages contain your assessment schedules for the year. Please remember that
these schedules are subject to change depending on student progress through the course.

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Subject                              40% Weighting                                               60% Weighting
                              Semester One = 100% for reports                            Semester Two = 100% for reports
                                  Assessment                    Weighting                     Assessment                          Weighting
  English     Media and its Influence Portfolio                   45%     Romeo+ Juliet and Sustainability website                  60%
              Tomorrow when the War began creative writing task   55%     Avatar Essay (Cross curricular with Science)              40%
Mathematics   Financial Mathematics/ Measurement                           Single Variable and Bivariate Statistics/Geometrical
                                                                  60%                                                               24%
  5.3/5.2                                                                  Figures and Circle Geometry
              Indices and Surds                                            Expressions, Equations and Linear Relationships
                                                                  40%                                                               40%
                                                                           /Trigonometry
                                                                           Quadratic Expressions, Quadratic Equations +
                                                                                                                                    35%
                                                                           Logarithms and Polynomials
Mathematics   Financial Mathematics/ Measurement                  60%      Single Variable and Bivariate Statistics                 20%
  5.2/5.1
              Algebraic Expressions and Indices                            Linear Relationships
                                                                                                                                    25%
                                                                  40%      Equations, Formulas and Inequalities
                                                                           Right Angled Triangles                                   25%
                                                                           Quadratic Expressions, Quadratic Equations and
                                                                                                                                    30%
                                                                           Non-Linear Relationships
  Science     Practical / Skills test                             40%      SRP – rates of reaction                                  60%
              Examination                                         60%      Ecosystems Essay (Cross curricular with English)         40%
  PDHPE       Recipe Creation and Food Diary Evaluation           30%      Life’s Challenges Research task                          25%
              Respectful Relationship examination                 50%      Movement and Skill and Performance examination           45%
              Practical Assessment – Fitness plan and Games                Practical Assessment – Composition and Modified
                                                                  20%                                                               30%
              strategies                                                   games creation
                             Weighting = 100%                                                     Weighting = 100%
  History     Portfolio Task                                      40%
              Examination                                         60%
Geography                                                                  RAP – Wamberal Beach                                     40%
                                                                           Examination                                              60%
English Assessment Schedule 2021

      Topic            Assessment Type           Outcomes                 Weighting             Proposed Date    Duration of task        Skill Set
                                                                  Semester        RoSA

  Media and its      Advertising portfolio   -   EN5 – 2A         45%                          Term 1 Week 8/9 8 lessons            -   Composing
   Influence                                 -   EN5-3B                                                                             -   Representing
                                             -   EN5-4B                                                                             -   Aural
                                             -   EN5 -9E
                                                                                      40%
    Survival         Creative writing exam   -   EN5 -1A          55%                          Term 2 Week 5     1-2 lessons        -   Reading
Tomorrow when                                -   EN5 -2A                                                                            -   Composing
 the war began                               -   EN5 -3B                                                                            -   Representing
                                             -   EN5 -6C
Romeo and Juliet     Website                 -   EN5 -1A          60%                          Term 3 Week 9/9   8 lessons          -   Reading
and Sustainability                           -   EN5-5C                                                                             -   Composing
                                             -   EN5 -6C                                                                            -   Representing
                                             -   EN5 -7D                              60%
     Avatar          Essay exam              -   EN5-4B           40%                          Term 4 Week 5     1-2 lessons        -   Viewing
                                             -   EN5 -5C                                                                            -   Composing
                                             -   EN5 -9E                                                                            -   Representing

                                                            This schedule may change
History and Geography Assessment Schedule 2021

         Topic                     Outcomes                       Assessment                  Weighting        Date

       HISTORY:            HT5-1, HT5-2, HT5-4, HT5-6,      1. Portfolio Task
                                  HT5-9, HT5-10                                                 40%           Week 7
The Movement of Peoples

       HISTORY:            HT5-1, HT5-2, HT5-4, HT5-5,      1. Examination
                             HT5-7, HT5-9, HT5-10
     The Holocaust                                                                              60%           Week 5

     GEOGRAPHY:            GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-4, GE5-5,      1. RAP – Wamberal Beach
                                  GE5-7, GE5-8                                                  40%       Week 5 embedded
Environmental Change and
      Management

     GEOGRAPHY:            GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-5, GE5-7,      1. Examination
                                     GE5-8
    Changing Places                                                                             60%           Week 5

                                                         This schedule may change
Science Assessment Schedule 2021

           Topic              Assessment Type                   Outcomes                   Weighting     Proposed Date   Duration of
                                                                                                                            task
                                                                                     Semester     RoSA
Physical World:              Practical / Skills test     -   SC5-6WS                                     Term 1          2 Hours
Electrical Energy                                        -   SC5-7WS                                     Week 5
                                                         -   SC5-8WS
                                                                                          40%
                                                         -   SC5-9WS
                                                         -   SC5-10PW
                                                         -   SC5-11PW
Earth and Space                  Examination             -   SC5 -5WS                              40%   Term 2          2 Hours
Global Systems & Plate                                   -   SC5 -6WS                                    Week 5
Tectonics                                                -   SC5 -7WS
                                                         -   SC5 -8WS                     60%
                                                         -   SC5 -9WS
                                                         -   SC5 -12ES
                                                         -   SC5 -13ES
Chemical World:             SRP – rates of reaction      -   SC5 -4WS                                    Term 3          10 Weeks
Materials and Reactions                                  -   SC5-5WS                                     Week 1
                                                         -   SC5-6WS
                                                         -   SC5-7WS
                                                                                          60%
                                                         -   SC5-8WS
                                                         -   C5-9WS
                                                         -   SC5-16CW
                                                         -   SC5-17CW
                                                                                                   60%
Living World - Ecosystems   Avatar and Ecosystems        -   SC5-4WS                                     Term 4          2 Hours
                             Cross curricular essay      -   SC5-5WS                                     Week 5
                                                         -   SC5-6WS
                                                         -   SC5-7WS
                                                                                          40%
                                                         -   SC5-8WS
                                                         -   SC5-9WS
                                                         -   SC5-14LW
                                                         -   SC5-15LW

                                                        This schedule may change
Mathematics Assessment Schedule 2021 (5.2/ 5.3)

Term                   Unit                               Task Type              Date                   Outcomes              Weight
  1    Financial Mathematics                       Applications of Area &    Term 1             MA5.1-4NA, MA5.1-5NA,
       Measurement                                 Volume Assessment         Weeks 9-10         MA5.1-8MG, MA5.1-9MG,
                                                                                                                                60%
                                                                                                MA5.2-11MG, MA5.2-12MG
                                                                                                MA5.3-13MG, MA5.3-14MG
 2     Indices and Surds                           End of Topic              Term 2             MA5.1-5NA, MA5.2-7NA
                                                   Examination               Week 5                                             40%

                                                                                                                   SEMESTER TOTAL 100%
                                                                                                                         RoSA Total 40%
 2     Single Variable and Bivariate Statistics    End of Topic Test         Term 2             MA5.1-11MG, MA5.1-12SP,
       Geometrical Figures and Circle                                        Week 10            MA5.2-14MG, MA5.2-15SP,
                                                                                                                                25%
       Geometry                                                                                 MA5.2-16SP, MA5.3-16MG,
                                                                                                MA5.3-18SP, MA5.3-19SP,
 3     Expressions, Equations and Linear           End of Term Test          Term 3             MA5.1-6NA, MA5.1-10MG,
       Relationships                                                         Week 10            MA5.2-6NA, MA5.2-8NA,
       Trigonometry                                                                             MA5.2-9NA, MA5.2-13MG,          40%
                                                                                                MA5.3-5NA, MA5.3-7NA,
                                                                                                MA5.3-8NA, MA5.3-15MG
 4     Quadratic Expressions, Quadratic       Week 5                         Term 4             MA5.2-6NA, MA5.2-8NA,
       Equations + Logarithms and Polynomials Examination                    Week 5             MA5.3-5NA, MA5.3-7NA,           35%
                                                                                                MA5.3-10NA, MA5.3-11NA
                                                                                                                   SEMESTER TOTAL 100%
                                                                                                                         RoSA Total 60%

                                                      This schedule may change
Mathematics Assessment Schedule 2021 (5.1/ 5.2)

Term                   Unit                               Task Type              Date                   Outcomes              Weight
  1    Financial Mathematics                       Floor Covering            Term 1             MA5.1-4NA, MA5.1-5NA,
       Measurement                                 Assessment                Weeks 9-10         MA5.1-8MG, MA5.1-9MG,          60%
                                                                                                MA5.2-11MG, MA5.2-12MG
 2     Algebraic Expressions and Indices           End of Topic              Term 2             MA5.1-5NA, MA5.1-9MG,
                                                   Examination               Week 5             MA5.2-6NA, MA5.2-7NA           40%

                                                                                                                   SEMESTER TOTAL 100%
                                                                                                                              RoSA 40%
 2     Single Variable and Bivariate Statistics    End of Topic Test         Term 2             MA5.1-12SP, MA5.2-15SP,
                                                                             Week 10            MA5.2-16SP                      20%

 3     Linear Relationships                        End of Topic Test         Term 3             MA5.1-6NA, MA5.2-5NA,
       Equations, Formulas and Inequalities                                  Week 5             MA5.2-8NA, MA5.2-9NA           25%

 3     Right Angled Triangles                      End of Topic Test         Term 3             MA5.1-10MG, MA5.2-13MG
                                                                             Week 10                                           25%

 4     Quadratic Expressions, Quadratic            Assessment Week           Term 4             MA5.2-8NA
       Equations and Non-Linear Relationships      Examination               Week 5                                            30%

                                                                                                                  SEMESTER TOTAL 100%
                                                                                                                             RoSA 60%

                                                      This schedule may change
PDHPE Assessment Schedule 2021

Term        Topic             Assessment Type             Outcomes      Semester       RoSA   Proposed Date   Duration        Skill Set
                                                                         Report                                 of task
        Healthy Body,      Recipe Creation and Food    PD5-1, PD5-2,                                          2 lessons   Self-
 1      Healthy Mind           Diary Evaluation        PD5-6, PD5-7,      30%                    Week 8                   Management
                                                       PD 5-8, PD5-9                                                      Interpersonal
           Fitness           Personal Fitness Plan     PD5-4, PD5-5,                                          Whole       Movement
 1        Practical                                    PD5-8, PD5-11      10%                   Week 10       Term
         Assessment
                                                                                       40%
         Respectful               Topic Test           PD5-1, PD5-2,                                          2 lessons   Self-
 2      Relationships-                                 PD5-3, PD5-9,      50%                    Week 5                   Management
        online Safety                                  PD5-10                                                             Interpersonal
       Tactical Games      Tactical Game Strategies    PD5-4, PD5-5,                                          6 lessons   Movement
 2        Practical                 Analysis           PD5-11             10%                    Week 6                   Interpersonal
        Assessment
       Life’s Challenges        Research Task          PD5-1, PD5-2,                                          2 lessons   Self-
                                                       PD5-6, PD5-9,                                                      Management
 3                                                                        25%                    Week 8
                                                       PD5-10                                                             Interpersonal
                                                                                                                          Movement
         Elements of       Dance Composition and       PD5-4, PD5-5,                                          8 lessons   Movement
         Composition               Video               PD5-10, PD5-11                                                     Interpersonal
 3                                                                        15%                    Week 8
           Practical
         Assessment                                                                    60%
        Movement Skill              Exam               PD5-4, PD5-5,                                          2 lessons   Self-
       and Performance                                 PD5-10, PD5-11                                                     Management
 4                                                                        45%                    Week 5
                                                                                                                          Interpersonal
                                                                                                                          Movement
       Modified Games      Modified Game Creation      PD5-4, PD5-5,                                          5 lessons   Movement
 4       Practical                                     PD5-10, PD5-11     15%                    Week 5                   Interpersonal
        Assessment

                                                      This schedule may change
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